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Can a person still be called a Christian if they do not believe in going to church?

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Gleen, great words you gave. I also would say, find a good church that you feel teach the word of God. When I moved I had to look in many places. The big churches that were full were not completely in the Word. A few I only stayed a few minutes to understand they were not teaching Scripture. I finally found one which had a real teacher of the Word. The church is small and people know when you do not show up and when you are sick they all pray for you. That was good advice you gave brother.
---MarkV. on 8/10/10


Haz27:
Hebrews 10:24-25!
Find a good church to grow in, if there isnt one - move. It would be useful for you to make more of an emphasis of who you are in Christ, rather than vice-versa, and so a Christian should want to obey Him. You are right that we should guard against wolves entering the congregation (2Peter 2:1), although a 'lone sheep' Pastor could hardly do that if he wasn't with his flock. The Bible gives considerable advice to groups, or to a leader(s) of a church. And those concerning discipline, ministry offices, and teaching don't make sense if there is no assembly to minister to. Mathew 23:10-11, Acts 20:28, Philippians 1:1, 1Timothy 3:1-10, 12-13, Titus 1:7 / 1Corinthians 5:4,, Hebrews 3:13, 1Peter 5:1-3, etc.
---Glenn on 8/9/10


Glenn: the so called "lone sheep" you refer to are not alone. Believers have Christ in them which is far better than membership in a church.

Curiously you quote Matt 7:15. But here it talks of wolves in sheeps clothing. Clearly a warning to watch out for those within churches who want to lead people astray with false teachings, etc.
---Haz27 on 8/8/10


Sheep form flocks, and wolves form packs, wolves devour lone sheep.
Matthew 7:15, Acts 2:42, 20:28-30, Romans 10:14-15, 1Corinthians 14, 2Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 10:24-25, 2Peter 2:10.
---Glenn on 8/7/10


typical interpretation error- give one meaning to a word and apply it everywhere no matter the context.
1Cor 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
1Cor 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you, and I partly believe it
1Cor 14:34a Let your women keep silence in the churches:
1Tim 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
---micha9344 on 8/7/10




Amen Nettie

the meaning of church per greek translation is THE CALLED OUT ONES

which ties back to scripture ONLY The Father in Heaven calls

True Christians worship in TRUTH and SPIRIT and are not divided

one body IN CHRIST and HIS CHURCH (the called out ones) will not be destroyed

unlike mainstream christianity and BRAND allegiance with MANY DIVISIONS all vying for their building permits

their churches (buildings) burn down

Christs church doesn't burn down
---Rhonda on 8/7/10


According to the Bible your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost,1 Corinthians 6:19, John 2:19 speaks of the raising the temple (body), Acts 17:24 says "...He dwelleth not in temples made with hands." Romans 12:1-5 basicly says The body of Christ is "we", being many, the body is one, and by one spirit are we all baptized into one body. So the church is you and not the building.
---Nettie on 8/7/10


Christian, Christians do not need to go to church. God mentions many thing we should do in obedience to Him. The thief on the cross did not have to go to church to make him a believer. But the norm is for everyone. We are called to gather together as the body of Christ. The bad part is that many who are not saved also gather together with the body. The body does not know who is truely saved. Some people look holy around the body, but behind close doors they are evil. When they join the true body, they begin to enter their own ideas and teachings they got somewhere else. If they are very charasmatic, many times they take leadership in the Church and that is when things go bad. Through the centuries many churches have fallen because of that.
---MarkV. on 8/7/10


the church is his body - we are living stones, the bible mentions pastors, deacons, etc. and there is a verse that says you know you have passed over from death unto life when you love the brethren- keep reading you'll find out what he says about it
---lolita on 8/6/10


I wonder if they had a building fund ??
---mima on 8/6/10

My experience/observation is that these "building funds" can be either a source of JOY or FRUSTRATION.

I've never been able to contribute much to such a fund and have always been focused on God and Jesus. Church has often been a JOYFUL experience for me.

Some folks have been able to give a lot of $$$ for church building projects. They often seem to be FRUSTRATED when the "church" just doesn't seem to get beyound the "building another building" stage. The "joy of the Lord" seems to be missing.
---Augie on 8/6/10




christians preach that christianity is a relationship not a religion. but the worst part is relationship does not exist in the body of christ. all they do is bicker, attack & judge one another. a dysfunctional relationship. when there is no relationship in the church then YES the church becomes the building not the people. it is a mandatory thing for you to do every sunday to fulfil a demand.
---mike on 8/6/10


The "Church" that turned the world upside down(Acts 17:6 "And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also,) had no physical buildings.

I wonder if they had a building fund ??
---mima on 8/6/10


Robyn,
I do use my gift like you noted. We sing hymnal books to piano music provided from the cd player.I donot need to be in a choir when God loves individuals as well besides choirs.
TO Everyone: As stated we have a homechurch of at least 3 families each week.We sing music,fellowship, have a study of the bible etc.. I just got burnt out of going to a building where it was overcrowded.
We rotate between homes so it is a change.
It is like when big mega churches call midweek home groups for biblestudies, but we also do it Sunday mornings & nothing is wrong with this.
---Christianbeliever on 8/6/10


Steven, you said,
"The false church is a building, a non-profit corporation, a denomination each having their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible. These churches are a creation of Satan"
Again you give credit to the enemy and make him omnipresence. He must have gone around the world creating churches. No Steven, a lot of churches are teaching bad because of fallen man. They are not saved and bring their own ideas into the assembling Church. They, not the enemy, are doing the desires of their father the devil. The devil does not make them sin, they sin because they are slaves to sin. And not all churches are led by this people, many churches are led by godly people.
---MarkV. on 8/6/10


Robyn, I was reading what you said and if you are correct, if God gave everyone free will why would he be upset that you used that free will? you said he gave it to you. an ability to do what you want, why would he judge you for making any kind of decisions if he gave it to you?
do you think that maybe he gave it to you so that he could set a trap to judge you later? why give it to you in the first place?
---Bob on 8/6/10


There are two definitions of what "church" means - the false church and the true chruch.

The false church is a building, a non-profit corporation, a denomination each having their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible. These churches are a creation of Satan.

The true church is simply the body of christians. Living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational churches.

Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," "comfort," and "encourag."
---Steveng on 8/5/10


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Cluny:

The Catholic church has taught me that faithful members should regularly -- whenever the church has a confessions mass -- to confess their sins to a Catholic Priest.

During the season of Lent, Catholics abstain from eating MEAT on Fridays.

The "good", and the "bad", in any: person, church, business, etc. is learned over time. I'm NOT done learning about the Bible. Neither is the Catholic church. I still pray for it to learn that some of it's traditions are "not good" before God.

No, I don't claim to be "infallible", in any of these areas. Maybe God has you "knocking on my door" to help me SEE that something isn't right here.
---Sag on 8/3/10


\\One is "confession only to a priest".\\

Where did you get the idea that the Bible teaches confession to God alone?

|| Another is "abstaining from eating meat and NOT being a carnivore".||

I'm not too sure what you mean here. Most experts in nutrition say that Americans eat too much meat. Yes, the pre-Reformation Apostolic churches have periods of abstinence from meat, but if it were unhealthy in itself, the faithful would have died out a long time ago.

**Every church, just like every person, has some "good" points and some "bad" points. **

And how do you decide what are good point and bad points? And do you claim infallibility for your decision?
---Cluny on 8/3/10


God gives all of us a free will. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do. But guess what? You will be in gross disobedience to the Word of God. There are many blessings that you will miss. Disobedience always brings bad consequences. When we are in disobedience, we are also living, way below our God-given privileges. You can call yourself anything you want. It does not make it so. Many people use labels everyday.
But God knows us better than we do ourselves. (Psalm 139)If you never want to go to church to be with your sister and brothers, something is wrong with your faith. There are many good churches around. Join one and bring a gift(teaching, singing in choir etc..) with you, to offer to the church.
---Robyn on 8/3/10


I meant an observant Jew in the normal sense, one who keeps kosher and observes Shabbat, etc.
---ger.toshav on 8/3/10


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ger.toshav
Im sorry and forgive me, if I am wrong.
But I get the feel, you are saying Jew only or a sound wherein.

I just want to be clear? I dont even like the word Christen.
I would like to understand your word Jew.
I say youre, because you put it forth.
Please help me understand, what youre saying by Jew!
---TheSeg on 8/3/10


It's very clear to observant Jews, who don't worship any man as God. I guess that was my point....
---ger.toshav on 8/3/10


BEHOLDER??

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Its clear, right?
---TheSeg on 8/2/10


Some would say that it is idolatry to worship a man as God. So idolatry is in the eye of the beholder....
---ger.toshav on 8/2/10


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I regularly attend my Lutheran church.

It seems that there are always some sort of household, building and yard maintenance, cooking, etc. tasks to be done.

Many churches seem to label people as "more", or "less", of a devoted member based on how much you attend, and how much you help with volunteer work. I've met people that think that you can be "saved" if you just: attend church and do a lot of work.

I don't believe that God sees us that way. He loves us for "who" we are. Jesus Christ died for our sins. The "works" bit doesn't determine our salvation. Belief in Jesus does.
---Augie on 8/2/10


if we are in a church does that mean we are in the Spirit? does just our appearance count as fellowship?

if we leave the building called 'church', does our fellowship cease?

if your Spirit is a temple or church, should it's doors ever close? the wind blows where it wants.
---aka.joseph on 8/2/10


more_excellent_way: You are right in saying"Sin" is now just an everyday phrase/term that is commonly used to refer to "WRONGDOING",

One of the problems of attending churches is people usually are moulded by them taking on it's group think, language, culture, etc and lose sight of the truth of God's word.

"Sin" is a good example. Very few people use God's definitions of this word because the churches they follow don't bother using God's definitions either.
---Haz27 on 8/1/10


I want to say, I loved the Catholic Church! I was raised a Catholic.
I remember when it was time for my first holy communion.
I missed the day of the practice. The nun told me, I cannot!
Here I leaned, the forgiveness of God!

So I didn't get to walk with my little bow and bible. How sad for a little boy!
But, look how great God is. He let me walk all by, myself!

Now, let's just say I never did, and turned away from the faith!
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Now this I know! We have all sinned.
In this, I see! We are all of us, the same!
---TheSeg on 8/1/10


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The Seg, great advice you gave Sag. What I believe is the worst thing about belonging to the Catholic Church is really Idol worship. If Sag is really looking to learn about God with all of his heart, he should make sure he doesn't worship idols, by bowing down to them or using them in prayer to God, for they have many idols and traditions that are very wrong. All the other things wrong are not good by idol worship has to be at the top of the list. No matter how much they deny idol worship here on line, it is a practice of the members. I'm sure many do not do that because they know how wrong it is. You are right, the church is just a building built by man, Christ is there when we are there.
---MarkV. on 8/1/10


Yep.
As St. Paul said, "Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some." Cluny on 7/30/10

Are you saying you have to be among two or three in this present age, in order to worship?
The writer of Hebrews, apparently not speaking to the Body of Christ, as it is not mentioned.
Is it possible that he is speaking to a jewish assembly as the 4 gospels did and peter did in the book of acts?
---michael_e on 8/1/10


"Sin" is now just an everyday phrase/term that is commonly used to refer to "WRONGDOING", but no longer has ANY spiritual meaning (Jesus destroyed "spiritual" sin).

Hebrews 10:2
"no longer have any consciousness of sin".

When a person chooses to exist spiritually (true "life") "IN"side the body of Jesus, "sin" can no longer effect our soul...because we have the FINAL CLEANSING (Jesus).

Now we are to be judged under the law that is PERFECT (James 1:25).

James 2:12 is very clear how we will be judged...
"So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty" (any objections?).
---more_excellent_way on 8/1/10


Everyone:

There are some things about the Catholic religion that I'm still working on "cutting out" of my life. One is "confession only to a priest". Another is "abstaining from eating meat and NOT being a carnivore".

Every church, just like every person, has some "good" points and some "bad" points. Often, you just learn these from experience and over time.

I think that it's somewhat funny that I learn so many simple little things OUTSIDE of church. Makes me wonder how people learned things when there was NO Internet, ChristiaNet or other electronic communications.

Thanks for all your input!
---Sag on 8/1/10


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Sag
When you confess your sins, its not to priests, but to God!
Listen! Dont feel guilty about not confessing to a priest.
Next, I was going to say, feel guilty about the sins.
But, I don't want you to do that either!
Just know the truth about it.

Sag, I can walk in to any Church or Temple in the world.
What's the difference? God is not in the building!
He in you!


Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as saith the prophet,

Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

Hath not my hand made all these things?
God Bless
---TheSeg on 8/1/10


Sag: you didn't commit "the WORST of sins by trying to leave the Catholic church".

I'm an EX-Catholic myself and have never regretted the move. I agree with you that none of the other churches are "perfect" either. I found I learnt more of God outside of churches.

By the way, God says Christians do not "sin" so there is nothing to confess to a priest.

1John3:6-9 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him....He who sins is of the devil,.... Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
---Haz27 on 7/31/10


\\I haven't yet confessed my SIN to my Catholic priest, but I hope that he forgives me.
---Sag on 7/31/10\\

If you think you're confessing sin to a priest, Sag, you're missing the whole point of the Sacrament of Confession.
---Cluny on 7/31/10


It is rather severe to not "Believe" in going to church. It would be interesting to know why a believer formed that belief. I do not think a believer must attend formal church services to be saved. The Bible teaches to not forsake the assembly. To me this means that 2 or more believers gathered together are an assemble. The traditional church has many problems and it is difficult to find one that is not business oriented. To offset nonattendance, it is important to get together with Christian friends often. The ancient church met in "houses" not expensive buildings.
---jody on 7/31/10


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I believe that I committed the WORST of sins by trying to leave the Catholic church.

I had bad experiences, of all sorts, in the other churches that I tried so hard to join, but just didn't, or couldn't, "fit in".

Now, I'm back in the Catholic church. The church from my childhood. It isn't a perfect church. However, none of the other churches that I visited were either.

I also use several other things to increase my "spiritual walk" with God: books, radio, TV, videos, small groups, Bible reading, prayer, etc.

I haven't yet confessed my SIN to my Catholic priest, but I hope that he forgives me.
---Sag on 7/31/10


//If a man has a 100 and one go astray, will he not leave the 99, and seek that which is gone?
One on one!//

I agree. Without the one on one, the assembly will never take place. Most gatherings are a bunch of people who have had nothing to do with God throughout the week and "come to church" instead of "be the church" to salve a guilty conscience for the lack of fellowship or to fulfill some perceived obligation. It has to do with the motive of the heart. I want to go, but my motive is rooted in a desire to see the body of Christ function as a whole body and not just a bunch of isolated parts. Face it, there is something a whole person can do that just parts cannot.
---Linda on 7/31/10


One bad experience that I've had at an Assembly of God church.

I grumbled that the Pastor and his service were boring. Some people told me to stop complaining and make the church better.

So, I brought in a CD with the song "Hallowed Be Thy Name" by Ron Kenoly, and played it. People loved it and started dancing.

Then trouble struck. Some church officials told me that dancing is NOT permitted in an Assembly of God church. I was asked to take my music elsewhere. What? Did they think that "Hallowed Be Thy Name" was Satanic?

While I now look back on this bad experience as ridiculous, it wasn't a fun one. I've never visited another Assembly of God church since then.
---Sag on 7/31/10


You go to the House of God to meet with the people of God and hear the word of God and rejoice in god love and understanding. Because if you going just to be seen before man that you are going for the wrong reason.


God bless.
---Jacquline on 7/31/10


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Bruce
Do you hear the words, dont go?

The question:
Can a person still be called a Christian if they do not believe in going to church?

As far as, a commonly misquoted passage!
If your hand or foot offends thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee.
(This is what I have done!)

Because:
If a man has a 100 and one go astray, will he not leave the 99, and seek that which is gone?
One on one!

The kingdom of heaven is like certain king, which would take account of his servants.
So in Heb10:
If you believe this is saying you must go to a church?
I will say nothing!

This walk is between God and you!
No one else!
---TheSeg on 7/31/10


One thing I have noticed is it seems with some Christians is, with one experience that they do not like or disagree with, with one church or a member then they do not seek to find a healthy well balanced Church to attend. I question where is there heart? If one takes one disappointment and doesn't persevere, how are they going to persevere in the faith?
---Bruce on 7/30/10

You have a good point there. However, I'm discouraged from SEVERAL bad experiences, at SEVERAL churches, involving SEVERAL denominations. Not just One.

From talking with other Men, many have been through this cycle too. Not just me.

I now have a good understanding about why many churches services are mostly women.
---Augie on 7/31/10


Yep.
As St. Paul said, "Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some." Cluny on 7/30/10

Good point, however you forget that we are also to worship in Truth.
With Todays church, which is made up of many differing doctrines, obviously only one can be worshipping in Truth.

If 2000 people tell you 2000 different ways to be saved, only one can be the Truth.
If you are going to a Church that teaches a false doctrine, is your worship not in vain?
---David on 7/31/10


1Co 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
1Co 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

I would think this is up to you.
How many people did you talk to in the church today?
Other then the hello, good-bye and the God bless you?
Luk 4:23

And I still hear him say:
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Why do you think this is?
God Bless
---TheSeg on 7/30/10


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Re:Mat 18 is a commonly misquoted passage from the Bible. The context is Church Discipline. I hear especially Word of Faith teachers often misquote it for the false prosperity gospel.
Heb 10:25 is a good passage about the church assembling together in worship.
---Bruce on 7/30/10


\\How about after the Cross and you're indwelled with the HS, do we still have to gather by 2 or 3?
---michael_e on 7/30/10\\

Yep.

As St. Paul said, "Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some."

So the notion that one didn't have to go to the Synaxis (as the gathering of the Church was called) was a false idea even in the perfect days of the Apostles.
---Cluny on 7/30/10


Good comments Rona 5743
---Bruce on 7/30/10


---more_excellent_way-If your using this passage to promote not attending church, your using this out of context. This is about idol worship by the Israelites, which God is a jealous God, and He can not tolerate wrongful worship amongst His people.
---Bruce on 7/30/10


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One thing I have noticed is it seems with some Christians is, with one experience that they do not like or disagree with, with one church or a member then they do not seek to find a healthy well balanced Church to attend. I question where is there heart? If one takes one disappointment and doesn't persevere, how are they going to persevere in the faith?
---Bruce on 7/30/10


Said Francis,"You cannot be a christian if you do not go to church".
It is obvious from this that the teachings of christianity are not faith in God and the golden rule but going to church.
Paul substituted the brotherhood for a church.
It is not exactly what Jesus taught.Paul even goes on to say "my gospel" many times and establishes rank and orders of assembly.Therefore it is not Jesus gospel is it?
---earl on 7/30/10


//From Matthew18 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them//

How about after the Cross and you're indwelled with the HS, do we still have to gather by 2 or 3?
---michael_e on 7/30/10


\\The Church is the Body of Christ, and not just a gathering of people, in a large, or small, building, worshipping who knows what.\\

It's PRECISELY the faithful people gathering that makes present the Body of Christ/Church in time and space.

The gathering of the Body is more than the sum of its parts.
---Cluny on 7/30/10


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Jesus thought it was important that he go to the temple. Even when he was 12-years old he was teaching in it. But, I guess what Jesus did doesn't apply to us self-righteous humans.
---KarenD on 7/30/10


But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

From Matthew18
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
---TheSeg on 7/30/10


The bible says it is right to go. So in obedience we should. We don't have to attend every little meeting and service but we should be among the brethren,sometimes. We need other christians and they need us. Just like fire and wood.We should go to receive teaching and preaching from our pastor and other leaders in the church. We should show love and receive love when we are there in the church. We should fellowship with our sisters and brothers in Christ, because we are a family. We share our testimonies and be helpers one to another as God as stated in His Word. Again we should follow in obedience. The bible also says: we should greet one another with a holy kiss. People are so jaded now, they are afraid to do this. So sad.
---Robyn on 7/30/10


The Church is the Body of Christ, and not just a gathering of people, in a large, or small, building, worshipping who knows what.
How many church buildings do you pass getting to the one that you think is right?
---michael_e on 7/30/10


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going to church has become mandatory & free will.
---mike on 7/30/10


No you cannot be a christian if you don ot BELIEVE in going to church.

Some may be unable to attend for health, or distance reasons. But yu cannot be a christian and have the thought that you can stay away from the body of christ.

1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

1 Corinthians 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body?
---francis on 7/30/10


\\The gathering of saint in the building is support, encourage and edify one another in Jesus Christ....We gather there to win loss soul to christ.How are you going to win soul to christ if you don't have anyone to preach the word.\\

What you're saying here is that Christian worship is man centered.

This totally misses the point.
---Cluny on 7/30/10


I beliveve the gathering of the saints is very important. We are the church not the building. The gathering of saint in the building is support, encourage and edify one another in Jesus Christ. For this reason I try to attend church as much as I can.Because one of these days I won't be able too. We gather there to win loss soul to christ.How are you going to win soul to christ if you don't have anyone to preach the word. We have to be hearer and doers of the word.
---Rona5743 on 7/30/10


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To Whosoever Has An Ear To Hear?

Brethren, When we 'gather together' in "One Accord", it is an ASSEMBLY!!!

'Christian Believer' isn't saying that he/she doesn't want to have anything to do with God's Kingdom or the assembling of His people nor is he/she confused as to the church building being the Church which is the Body of Christ.

All those who would make such judgments about CB shouldn't be so slow to Hear and swift to wrath & speak against a fellow Brother in the Lord... who has clearly stated thrice now that he/she does fellowship with friends & other believers, reading the Bible & answering to God all the time in his/her daily life whether in person, on-line, etc...
---Shawn.M.T. on 7/30/10


\\I just donot believe going to a church building is nessesary to be a christian.\\

Too bad you confuse the church building with the Church.

An early Christian writing said that deliberately avoiding the the assembly of the Church is to rip organs and pieces from Christ's body.
---Cluny on 7/29/10


Cluny I do fellowship with other believers all the time whether in person, online,etc.. I just donot believe going to a church building is nessesary to be a christian. Jesus had service in & out of the temple, he had it while traveling on the roads,sermon on the mount,etc...I guess answering my own question & reading others..i am a christian even though i donot belong to a church. i fellowship with others in my daily life & answer to God.
---christian_believer on 7/29/10


Thanks Augie. I remembered your post, but didn't care to wade through countless blogs to refresh my memory as to who wrote it. Too many time, spirituality is measured by how much work is done, even when that work is not authored by God to begin with. He knows the good works He ordained you to do and He will put them in your heart. There is such a think as being religiously overworked.

Donna, Hebrews doesn't say "forsake not the gathering". It says to forsake not the assembling. There is a difference. Assembling requires the joints and ligaments to hook up with the bones. There is supply when there is hookup.
---Linda on 7/29/10


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Christianity takes it's form in a church-a material structure.The brotherhood -an invisible structure was replaced by the church with uniformity-beliefs,practices and rightuals or rights of passage as the price of membership.
Christians are members/identified members of at least one church.The administrators encourages others to be like them in their church practices,ceremonies, etc. and qualify them for positions of authority.By positions alone the fourthcoming members are taught these now leaders are approved by God and not the sole administration.All applicants must qualify with sect approved traditional beliefs.
---earl on 7/29/10


Linda:

I was the guy who was seemingly being recruited to do "volunteer" work at a church.

That morning was the very first time that I had met the Pastor. It's funny how "male friendships" can suddenly FORM with just a handshake. And just as quickly FADE when "volunteer" workers are being recruited.

Anyway, my experience is that men and women experience church differently. Churches seek out MEN for their "work" capabilities, while WOMEN seek out churches for fellowship with others.

As long as you have a solid relationship with God, I don't believe that church is necessary. Church time is NICE, but not absolutely NEEDED.
---Augie on 7/29/10


Can you imagine someone saying to David, "Your Majesty, I want you to be my personal king, and I want to have a personal relationship with you, but I don't want to have anything to do with your Kingdom or its people."?

Or, "Moses, I've heard your God is really cool, but I don't care for the Hebrews, so why don't you just give me a copy of this Torah thingy and a couple of sacrificial animals, and I'll just be on my way back to Egypt."

What would have happened to them?

This is, in effect, what some people on this blog are saying to Jesus about the Church.
---Cluny on 7/29/10


JESUS Himself became the new worship temple in "three days"...

John 2:19..."three days"...verse 21 "He was speaking of the temple of HIS BODY" (JESUS is the OUTER TEMPLE).

WE, the individual are the INNER TEMPLE (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19).

Our devotion should not just be PERSONAL (as opposed to IDENTICAL), but it should also be PRIVATE ("secret")...

Matthew 6:6
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret...".

Romans 14:22
"The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God".

Amos 5:21
"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies".
---more_excellent_way on 7/29/10


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As many here have correctly pointed out going to church is not a pre-requisite to being a Christian.

Whilst it is good to fellowship with other Christians and churches are one place to do this, churches also have negatives to avoid. God warned us of satan's ministers posing as ministers of light. So not all church leaders are Christians and nobody should ever trust a church leader anyway.

Some church leaders insist they have authority over it's members and support this by incorrectly referring to Heb13:17. Be wary of such churches.

I have learnt more of God outside of churches than within them.
---Haz27 on 7/29/10


Moderator you forgot to add" I believe in God & his son Jesus Christ. " maybe the question was too long. I just do not believe the way churches are teaching today.however i do fellowship with friends & read the bible,but don't believe in going to a church that might be false in its teaching.
---christian_beliver on 7/29/10


Hebr.10 v 25

Not going to services?, then christian is spelled with a little c.

It's a diff story if your a shut - in, got phys - prob's, no way to go etc.

Watching & listening to them radio - tv ministers Ain't much Spiritual bread to live on.
---Lawrence on 7/29/10


Going to church doesn't make one a Christian just like going to MacDonalds dosn't make a person a hamburger.

Seriously, in the book of Acts they gathered together in houses, breaking bread, sharing the word, praying. Somehow we got away from that and built these buildings and gathered in them to have church.

WE ARE THE CHURCH. The building isn't the church. The bible says, "don't forsake the gathering of the brethren." It doesn't say, "don't forsake the gathering of the church (building)." So gathering in people's homes, breaking bread together, praying, worshipping is Church to me and yes, I'm still a Christian.
---Donna5535 on 7/29/10


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The building that is called a church does not make an individual a christian. a christian is a person who reconizes that he/she is a sinner and puts their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation.
---JIM on 7/29/10


I am sure there are many reasons.
As one blogger stated, he went to a Bible study, gave his testimony, and was almost guilted into doing work on the church roof. That's a turnoff for anybody.
Other reasons: cliques, legalism, gossip, condemnation, strife....etc, etc, etc.
As for me, I go. I used to hate to go, but I love my church family now. Hebrews makes mention of the assembling of the saints. The reason the assembling is forsaken is because the day is not seen. If you don't see the day, you don't see the need. However, don't get just gathering together confused with assembling. You can have all the parts of an engine under one roof, but if the parts aren't assembled, the engine doesn't run.
---Linda on 7/29/10


Yes. If you confess Jesus is Lord & are baptized you are saved. It is NOT based on memberships at churches.
---Candice on 7/29/10


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